Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award

2019 Recipient

Chief Sanders has been a member of the fire and emergency services since 1967. For over 27 years, he served as a member of the Louisville (KY) Fire Department, including nine years as chief of the department. Among his achievements as chief, Sanders worked with city officials and the public to pass legislation mandating that all unsprinklered high-rise buildings in the city be retrofitted with automatic sprinkler protection. The measure was approved proactively and not in response to a major fire, adding to the significance of this legislative accomplishment.

Throughout his distinguished career, Sanders has held leadership positions in numerous national and international organizations and committees, including Executive Secretary of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and the Director of Central Field Operations for the National Fire Protection Association. On the international level, he serves as the President of the United States Delegation to the Comite Technique Internationale de Prevention and d ’Extinction de Feu. He also is the NFPA representative to the European Fire Service, the National Fire Chiefs Council of the United Kingdom, the Institution of Fire Engineers, the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council and the Global Fire Service Leadership Alliance.

Previous Recipients

2019 Winner –
Russell Sanders, National Fire Protection Association

2018 Winners –
Steve Austin, International Association of Arson Investigators
Tony O’Neill, National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications

2017 Winner –
James Dalton (J.D.), National Fire Sprinkler Association

2016 Winner –
Chief Carl Holmes (Ret), The Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute

2015 Winner –
Dr. Denis Onieal, Superintendent, National Fire Academy

2014 Winner –
James M. Shannon, President, National Fire Protection Association

2013 Winner –
Chief Ron Siarnicki, Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

2012 Winner –
Marcine D. Goodloe, Montgomery County (MD) Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association

2011 Winner – Ronny Coleman, National Fire Heritage Center

2010 – Kevin O’Connor, International Association of Fire Fighters

2009 – Steve Edwards, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

2008 – Hal Bruno, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

2007 – Garry Briese (ret.), International Association of Fire Chiefs

2006 – Meri-K Appy, Home Safety Council

2005 – Chief Alan Caldwell, International Association of Fire Chiefs

2004 – Chief R. David Paulison, Federal Emergency Management Agency

2003 – Chief Dennis Compton, International Fire Service Training Association

2002 – Chief Raymond M. Downey, FDNY (Posthumously)

2001 – Chief John Eversole, Chicago Fire Department

2000 – Paul Boecker, Lisle Woodridge (IL) Fire District

1999 – E. James Monihan, National Volunteer Fire Council

Fire Service Person of the Year

1998 – John Mason Lankford (Posthumously)

1997 – Anthony O’Neill, National Fire Protection Association

1996 – Steve Austin, Delaware Volunteer Firefighters Association

1993 – Hal Bruno, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation